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Old 11-11-2015, 09:00 PM
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Default Need advice! 1903A3 found....

So I had to work today and on the way home stopped off at the pawn shop down the street. They so happened to have a 1903A3. I have included links to pictures I took.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ixnfzf6pub...%20PM.jpg?dl=0
https://www.dropbox.com/s/la04g0g1xq...%20PM.jpg?dl=0
https://www.dropbox.com/s/318a6qhv6b...%20PM.jpg?dl=0
https://www.dropbox.com/s/n37a6cpust...%20PM.jpg?dl=0
https://www.dropbox.com/s/w34wuzouq4...%20PM.jpg?dl=0

It's obviously been re-blued, but it's never been tapped! I already have a 1903 sniper M1941 for CMP competition, but I would not mind adding the 1903A3 to the stable. They want $275 OTD. Is it reasonable to try and find all period correct parts for this thing and not spend an arm and leg?

Edit: This rifle has been sporterized. The barrel has been chopped as well as the stock.

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Old 11-11-2015, 09:23 PM
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Looks like the rear site has been ground on.


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Old 11-11-2015, 09:50 PM
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IMO, with a chopped barrel and a buff and blue, I'd leave that one as a sporter.

If it was original finish with an uncut barrel, that would be another story.
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Old 11-11-2015, 09:59 PM
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IMO, with a chopped barrel and a buff and blue, I'd leave that one as a sporter.

If it was original finish with an uncut barrel, that would be another story.
Agree.
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Old 11-11-2015, 10:37 PM
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Interesting. Now I was going to automatically replace the barrel. You feel that the blueing of the action is a no go? Not trying to question you guys, just trying to understand what and why you are saying it for future reference!
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Old 11-11-2015, 10:45 PM
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Nothing on that rifle makes it worth their asking price. Stay away from it and invest in a complete rifle.
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Old 11-11-2015, 10:50 PM
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If you put $275 into the pawn store rifle, you will need to find and install a barrel, stock, rear sight, barrel band, middle band, trigger guard, sling loops, buttplate. You will have to have all the metal parts parkerized. The cost of all those parts along with the cost of installing and headspacing the replacement barrel will run well over $600. A nice 03-A3 ready to take to the range can be found for somewhere around $600 or so. Nice ones turn up on the for sale page of this site. Many of them are in nice shape with excellent bores. Don't be in a hurry. Keep your eyes open and have your money in hand. You'll find a nice rifle and be able to buy it. And, you won't be stuck trying to rehab a kitchen gunsmithed rifle. In that regard I write with a bit of authority as I have tried to take messed up rifles and make them nice. It is money better spent to buy the best condition rifle you can afford. JMHO. Sincerely. bruce.
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Old 11-12-2015, 12:50 AM
John Beard John Beard is offline
 
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The rifle is serviceable as a hunting rifle, and is priced accordingly. From a restoration standpoint, however, it has much in common with Humpty Dumpty.

Hope this helps.

J.B.
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Old 11-12-2015, 12:58 AM
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compare the bolt to these pics
http://forums.thecmp.org/showthread.php?t=94760
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Old 11-12-2015, 06:19 AM
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Guys, I want to thank you for all of your advice. I am going to hold off on the purchase and wait until I find something that I cannot walk away from on a COMPLETE rifle. The overwhelming verdict here was pretty solid reinforcement to not jump on it.
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